I'm new to Portland but my two best friends have been living up here for two and four years now and I had no reasonable choice but to join them. You try living in the reddest state in America when you're so liberal you don't argue or get angry when people call you a Socialist and mean it as an insult.
I am in the process of refitting a 1985 Cal 24' sailboat. I am back in OKC getting it and the trailer road-ready and expect to be back in PDX later in Aug2016. I also have a recumbent tadpole trike I'll be using as my primary means of transportation in Oregon. I've never lived without a car, other than in Germany, but Portland seems like a great place to make a go of it. I am really excited about getting the Cal into a slip on the Willamette and stowing away all my gear on board. My goal is to finish refitting her over the winter and to sail up to Puget Sound next summer. After that, who knows?
Any character or story driven movie will usually hold my interest but if it's nothing more than a gore-fest or non-stop explosions, I'll get bored pretty quickly.
I despise reality television. I really like good documentaries series best, like Cosmos, Nova, or Frontline.
I generally listen to Classic/Progressive/Punk Rock but I have jazz and classical oriented play lists, too. I will grudgingly admit that I can sometimes be caught listening to things like electronic music or pop but please, don't tell anyone.
OK, food. I love food. I also have severe problems with food, as in eating too much of the wrong stuff. Once again, I have sworn off all the really good stuff for the most part, like desserts, bread, potatoes, and beer. I might occasionally have a beer or two with friends (maybe three or six if it's a really good time) and even an occasional slice of pizza (once a month or less) but most days are a carbohydrate wasteland for me.
Meanwhile, in the 21st century...
Smartphone (it's my clock, calendar, ToDo list, navigation tool, weather reference, and it has this nifty voice communication feature, too)
A quiet place to think
Everything else is negotiable, especially when I have the boat and the stars.
In the same vein, I've been thinking a lot lately about how I'm going to get radar, VHF radio, GPS, a cell phone booster, and a wi-fi client/bridge all mounted to the mast on my sailboat at once while still minimizing interference between all of them. Maybe I'm going to need a bigger boat.